Static Application Security Testing

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What is Static Application Security Testing?

Static application security testing (SAST), or static analysis, is a testing methodology that analyzes source code to find security vulnerabilities that make your organization's applications susceptible to attack. SAST scans allow software teams to spot vulnerabilities earlier in the Software Development Life cycle (SDLC) at the static (pre-production) level.

Static analysis solves agile development while ensuring secure deployment of code. SAST scanner can run early in your CI pipeline or even as an IDE plugin while coding.

SAST allows you to analyze your source code for security vulnerabilities, so your team is enabled to increase the speed of development and more secure code on time with developer-first security.

Pros of SAST

  • Detect problems from the earliest stages in development: Easier to find vulnerabilities and also helps awareness of potential problems
  • Shows problematic code locations: Identify the exact location of a vulnerability
  • No test cases required
  • No execution required: SAST works on the source code before the application actually runs

Key Features and Benefits
  • Dev-Friendly Experience extended to code security testing
  • Integrates with developer tools and workflows, repos, and pipelines to continuously find and automatically fix vulnerabilities
  • Monitors for vulns while you develop, using industry-leading security intelligence research augmented by the DeepCode AI engine
  • Provides actionable fix advice in your tools. With auto PRs, you can merge and move on
  • Using semantic analysis to unveil security and performance bugs
  • Scans 10-50x faster than other solutions
  • Algorithm-based fix technology with automation processes to implement fix recommendations as part of development
  • The unique speed of the Snyk Code engine allows identifying patterns of change that occur in code
  • Dependency path analysis allows you to understand transitive vulnerabilities were introduced
  • Detects vulnerable dependencies as you code in your IDE or CLI posed by open-source libraries
  • Utilizes exploitability indicators to identify vulnerabilities that are easy for attackers to weaponize

Why are SAST, SCA, and DAST different?

Static application security testing (SAST) uses the inverse approach to DAST: It scrutinizes an application from the inside->out, with source code, binaries, and so on. The goal of this "white box" testing is to identify coding vulnerabilities.

SAST is used early in the software development life cycle (SDLC), DAST can be used early in the build integration phase of the DevSecOps.

Software composition analysis (SCA) focuses on third-party code dependencies that are used in the application. SCA is very effective in development that uses many open-source libraries.

Dev-first SAST Approach

Snyk Code uses a revolutionary approach designed to be developer-first. Traditional SAST solutions are limited by protracted scan times and inadequate accuracy, returning too many false positives, and corrupting developer trust. Snyk Code makes developer efforts efficient and actionable.

A successful approach also needs to enable security to be built in continuously to align with the iterative DevOps model

Synk Code not only detects vulnerabilities but also provides actionable prioritization and fix advice and even automated remediation to make it fast and easy for developers to fix problems and minimize exposure.

Snyk Intel database - combining several public sources, feedback from large development community, and dedicated research team to provide the most comprehensive, timely, and actionable vulnerability data on the market.

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